is the best month for the flowering beach plants (vegetated shingle)
Beach Nature Reserve
the breezy sunshine I recorded over fifty butterflies
for the second day this year with nine species
seen on the Adur Levels and Anchor
Bottom, Upper Beeding. A Cinnabar Moth
fluttered rapidly on the towpath next to the River
Adur halfway between Cuckoo's
Corner and the Cement Works.
danced in the sky over the Dovecote Estate, Shoreham. In the late afternoon,
two fresh Comma Butterflies
courted over the Waterworks
Road with an unexpected (they should
have ceased in mid-June)
pristine male Adonis Blue on
Mill Hill. Ten
species were seen on a day too breezy for them. A
large blue dragonfly hawked over the southern
part of Buckingham Cutting and this was
thought most likely to be a Southern Hawker.
the Lancing Ring dewpond
and a male Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly
dipped its head on to the surface of the water, and it was accompanied
by a one third longer dragonfly in bright
blue which was either the frequently seen
Hawker, or the locally scarce Emperor
of the latter two would have been first for the year.
first half a dozen Ringlet Butterflies
of 2008 were
discovered on a long grass verge on the Coastal
Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works, Upper Beeding, on the more
sheltered western side of the cyclepath. They
had not been recorded on the Adur Levels before on these Nature
Notes pages. Meadow Brown
Butterflies (33+) were frequently seen.
were seen for the first time this year of six species.
Butterflies: First Dates
viridis, seen in
the pool underneath the second groyne was unusual for Kingston
first grasshoppers of the year were
seen and heard on the lower slopes of
Hill, with my first definite sightings of two Marbled
White Butterflies blown about in the Force
6 gusting to Gale
Force 8. Eight
species of butterfly were spotted.
18 butterflies were seen on my Upper Beeding transect walk in the afternoon
in sunny but quite windy conditions, but they included a beautiful pristineDark
Green Fritillary sheltering
in long grass.
a day too breezy and cool for many butterflies
my first Meadow Brown
Butterfly of the year was spotted on the
Path to Mill Hill.
Butterflies: First Dates
the southern orchid-covered
bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting, my first Common
Darter (dragonfly) of
the year rested on a herb. On a passage trip to the Buckingham
Cutting, I spotted my first bumblebee-mimic Volucella
bombylans var. plumata hoverfly
of 2008 and my
first probable Marbled White Butterfly
of the year.
rare female Marbled Electric Ray, Torpedo
marmorata, was captured in a trawl
net by Worthing fisherman Brian Davey about
eight miles off Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.The
ray which was about 60 cm long and can deliver a 220 volt electric shock.
It was kept alive found a home at Brighton
Sea Life Centre.
Herald News Report
is the rarer of the two electric rays recorded in British seas and is extremely
rare off Sussex. This fish can grow up to 60 cm in length. It is not known
to breed in British seas and fish are likely to have migrated up the English
Channel in summer.
Sharks & Rays
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News Reports Spring 2008
was spotted in the River Adur lower estuary,
first of all on the Sussex Wharf side of the river in the early evening
from 8:30 pm.
It then swam over to the scrapyard side (east of Monteum, where the fishing
boats moor up and unload fish) and was seen for 45 minutes chasing after
the fish in the river. The most likely species is the Common
(or Harbour) Seal, Phoca
vitulina. The tide height at 8:30
pm was 4.4 metres.
bumblebee-sized insects flew over Coronation Green in the afternoon. I
think these may have been Narrow-bordered
Bee Hawk-moths, Hemaris
was one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of
Oceans Day on Coronation
part of the Adur
Admiral Butterfly was seen on the wing
in Hoe Wood at Woods
Mill, Small Dole.
butterfly is not normally recorded on these Nature
Notes pages as it is not to be found in the lower Adur Valley. This
is the first record.
very rare Spurge Hawk-moth, Hyles
euphorbiae, was caught at Shoreham.
is a sporadic migrant to southern England from south Europe, there are
only a handful of recent records.
first Cinnabar Moth
of the year was seen on the Buckingham Cutting,
strong flying male Broad-bodied
over the path through the southern bank of the Slonk
Hill Cutting, is always pleasing to see.
small Worm Pipefish, Nerophis
lumbriciformis, wriggling under a rock on
Beach, was an unusual discovery on this or any local shore.
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Baby Coots with their parents were noted
on Brooklands Boating Lake
(east Worthing-Lancing border) near Tootsville Railway Station (miniature
the yellow carpet of Horseshoe Vetch,
comosa, was seen to be rapidly fading
on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill, the thin strip of intermittent horse pasture to the east of Mill
Hill, adjacent and parallel to the A27 dual
carriageway on the northern side, was covered
in swathes of Bird's Foot Trefoil.
blue species of butterfly were recorded included
23 each of Small Blues
and Adonis Blues and
recorded for the first time this year included Fairy
four mystery Orchids
were seen on the Mill Hill Cutting southern
bank for the first recorded in the Shoreham boundaries. There
are seven votes
for the Southern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza
Butterfly List 2008
Wild Flower Report